2022 Apollo Stakes Field Features Melbourne Cup Winner Verry Elleegant

February 11, 2022

2022 Apollo Stakes Field Features Melbourne Cup Winner Verry Elleegant

Chris Waller’s Melbourne Cup hero Verry Elleegant makes her highly-anticipated return to racing in Sydney this weekend lining-up in a star-studded edition of the Apollo Stakes 2022.

Verry Elleegant (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Melbourne Cup hero Verry Elleegant returns to racing in Saturday’s 2022 Apollo Stakes in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

Group 1 racing may be taking place in Melbourne in the form of the C.F. Orr Stakes on Saturday, but there will also be plenty of eyes on Royal Randwick with an outstanding line-up gathered for the Group 2 $250,000 Apollo Stakes (1400m).

The important Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival lead-up has drawn a final field of 14 including last year’s winning trifecta of Colette (1st), Kolding (2nd) and super mare Verry Elleegant (3rd).

Waller has won the Apollo Stakes five times since 2008, including four on the trot from 2016-19 thanks to the Winx three-peat (2016, 2017, 2019) and the 2018 success of Endless Drama.

This year his contingent finishes both placegetters from last year, along with four-year-old Frankel mare Hungry Heart chasing her first turf triumph since the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) in April last year.

For Zed mare Verry Elleegant, this will be her third Apollo Stakes following a 4th in 2020 behind Alizee and last year’s third place finish.

She went on to win the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes – Ranvet Stakes double last autumn before a Queen Elizabeth Stakes second and had an equally incredible spring that concluded with her brilliant four-length success in the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington.

James McDonald retains the ride for her return from barrier one, Verry Elleegant the $5 second favourite in the latest Apollo Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Kolding in barrier five for hoop Sam Clipperton is a $34 outsider following a disappointing spring campaign or the reigning All Aged Stakes winner, while Hungry Heart is at $21 and easing to return to her better form.

As for the Godolphin-raced Colette, the five-year-old Hallowed Crown mare is the early Apollo Stakes market mover well backed from $9 to $6.50 to go back-to-back.

Trainer James Cummings is after his third straight Apollo Stakes win having also prepared Alizee in 2020 and Colette looks well placed first-up in barrier four with Tim Clark aboard.

She has won once fresh from four previous first-up runs and was strong int eh spring including her Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) win on Derby Day.

Race favourite at Apollo Stakes odds of $3.90 and firming meanwhile is the ultra-consistent Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over.

Nash Rawiller rides the top elect from barrier 10 with the So You Think six-year-old looking to add to his good first-up strike rate (7:3-2-0).

A winner of four of his past five runs last prep, Think It Over was last seen carting 61kg to victory in the Rosehill Cup (2000m).

Last February he won Randwick’s Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) fresh and his first-up sixth in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) in August saw him under a length beaten in a photo-finish.

In an open market the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Riodini ($8.50) with form around both Verry Elleegant and Think It Over from the spring, and John O’Shea’s import Maximal ($9) having just his second run in Australia round out the single-figure fancies.

The Apollo Stakes 2022 is set to run as Randwick Race 8 at 4:45pm (AEDT) on Saturday with full markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au available here.

2022 Apollo Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 14x613111x THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 10 59kg 116
2 22501x599x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 5 59kg 115
3 13x545432x CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Regan Bayliss 11 59kg 112
4 x4100x582x I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 14 59kg 106
5 009×988121 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 3 59kg 106
6 0x8752208x RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 9 59kg 104
7 00x877247x SIKANDARABAD (IRE) Sam Kavanagh 12 59kg 92
8 18x2242x6x MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 2 58.5kg 96
9 112x21431x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 1 57kg 122
10 454x65118x COLETTE James Cummings Tim Clark 4 57kg 112
11 42x354912x ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 13 57kg 108
12 111x84837x HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Chad Schofield 6 57kg 107
13 24x371970x SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 7 57kg 105
14 1121x3610x DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 8 57kg 104

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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